Skinny Pirate Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Skinny Pirate is a modern twist on the classic rum and cola, designed for those who enjoy the flavor of a spiced rum cocktail without the extra calories. It's a favorite among those who are watching their waistline but still want to partake in a social drink.

  • Originated as a lighter alternative to traditional rum cocktails
  • Gained popularity with the rise of diet-conscious consumers
  • Often associated with casual gatherings and summer parties

How Skinny Pirate Tastes?

The Skinny Pirate is a refreshingly light cocktail with the warm, spicy notes of the rum shining through. The diet cola adds fizz and sweetness without the heaviness of sugar, making it a guilt-free indulgence.

Interesting facts about Skinny Pirate

  • The Skinny Pirate is a popular choice for those looking to enjoy a cocktail without overindulging in calories.
  • Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is a common choice for this drink, but any spiced rum can be used.
  • The cocktail's name plays on the image of a 'pirate' but with a 'skinny' twist, reflecting its lower calorie content.


Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

The 1.5 oz of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum infuses the drink with a warm, vanilla-like sweetness and a hint of spice—think nutmeg and cinnamon. We use this amount to create a balanced blend without overwhelming the lightness poignant in a 'Skinny' cocktail. Too much, and you'll overcrowd the subtleties of the flavors; too little, and you'll be left wondering if there's any rum at all!

Substitute: A different spiced rum could work, perhaps a Sailor Jerry for a touch more vanilla and less sweetness—or even a dark rum for a heavier, molasses-like profile.

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Diet Cola

The 6 oz of Diet Cola provides a refreshing, effervescent quality to the drink while keeping the calorie count down. It's the classic mixer for a reason—it complements the spiced rum beautifully with its familiar, crisp taste. Less cola might lead to a too-strong rum flavor, while more would dilute the drink too much. The cola also contributes a caffeine boost and a subtle backdrop of its own spices.

Substitute: Regular cola can be used, but say goodbye to 'Skinny.' Diet ginger ale is another good option, adding a different kind of spice.

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Recipe. How to make Skinny Pirate Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1.5 oz of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum over the ice.
  3. Top with approximately 6 oz of diet cola.
  4. Stir gently to mix.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.

Pro Tips

  • To enhance the spiced flavor, consider adding a cinnamon stick as a stirrer.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • If you prefer a stronger rum taste, adjust the rum-to-cola ratio in favor of the rum.

Perfect Pairings


Try pairing the Skinny Pirate with light appetizers like grilled shrimp, vegetable spring rolls, or bruschetta. The subtle sweetness of the rum and the sharpness of the cola complements these dishes without overpowering their flavors.


The spiced notes of Captain Morgan go well with barbecued meats. Sip on a Skinny Pirate while enjoying a plate of BBQ chicken wings, ribs, or even pulled pork.

Spicy Dishes

If you're into heat, this cocktail pairs nicely with spicy foods. Think about dishes like buffalo wings, jalapeño poppers, or spicy tuna rolls. The effervescent diet cola can help soothe the spice.

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What you could change in Skinny Pirate

  • Rum: You can substitute Captain Morgan with any other spiced rum of your choice.
  • Cola: Any brand of diet cola will work, although some may prefer a specific brand for its unique flavor profile.

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Skinny Pirate with a Tropical Twist

  • Add 0.5 oz of pineapple juice
  • Use a tropical-flavored diet soda

Combine the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum with pineapple juice and top with a tropical-flavored diet soda. This will give the Skinny Pirate a fruitier edge, perfect for feeling like you're sipping on sunshine.

Skinny Pirate Goes Caffeine-Free

  • Use caffeine-free diet cola

By using a caffeine-free version of the diet cola, you can enjoy the Skinny Pirate late at night without the potential buzz keeping you up. It's the same taste profile, just minus the kick.

The Citrusy Skinny Pirate

  • Squeeze in the juice of a lime wedge
  • Add a splash of diet tonic water

By adding fresh lime juice and a bit of diet tonic water, the Skinny Pirate becomes zestier and a little more complex. It's a refreshing variation that's also a bit drier, which some may prefer.

In case you forgot basics how to make Skinny Pirate

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Skinny Pirate

What type of glass is best for serving a Skinny Pirate?

A highball glass is typically used for serving a Skinny Pirate to accommodate the volume of the drink and the ice, but any tall glass will work.

Can I make a Skinny Pirate in a pitcher for a group?

Absolutely! You can scale up the ingredients proportionally and serve it in a pitcher for easy sharing at parties or gatherings.

Are there variations of the Skinny Pirate for different seasons?

Yes, for autumn, you might add a splash of apple cider, while in winter, some warm spices like clove or nutmeg can be introduced for a festive twist.

How do you properly stir a cocktail?

To stir a cocktail, use a long-handled bar spoon. Place the back of the spoon against the inside of the glass and stir with a gentle, circular motion.

Is the Skinny Pirate suitable for a low-carb diet?

Since the Skinny Pirate uses diet cola, which is typically low in carbohydrates, it can be suitable for a low-carb diet. As always, one should check the specific nutritional information of the brand used.

What non-alcoholic substitutions can be made for a mocktail version?

For a non-alcoholic Skinny Pirate, you can use a non-alcoholic spiced rum alternative and diet cola to replicate the taste profile without alcohol.

How do you garnish a Skinny Pirate cocktail?

A classic garnish for a Skinny Pirate is a lime wedge, but you could also use an orange slice or a cocktail cherry for a pop of color and flavor.

Can the Skinny Pirate be made into a frozen drink?

Definitely! Blend the rum with diet cola and ice to create a slushy version perfect for hot weather.

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